GERMANY: President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday paid an unscheduled visit to a Nigerian military officer receiving treatment in a Berlin hospital.
The visit marked the conclusion of the president’s 3 day official stay in Germany.
A statement by the presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu stated that the officer, Brigadier-General Mohammed Sani Aliyu, the Acting Commander of the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Jos miraculously survived a ghastly road accident in the course of a duty tour in the North-East.
The head of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Yusha’u Abubakar, who was in the same vehicle was not so lucky as he died in the auto crash on Maiduguri-Damaturu road. President Buhari, accompanied by the Governors of Borno and Imo, the National Security Adviser, NSA, the Minister of Interior and that of Foreign Affairs congratulated General Aliyu for the progress he has made in his treatment in the last six months in hospital.
The President and his delegation wished him a quick recovery and an early return to his family and duties in Nigeria. He gave further assurance that his administration would continue to accord priority to the health and wellbeing of service personnel. Meanwhile, doctors at the hospital said that General Aliyu could barely move his head when he was brought into the hospital in a stretcher with his body torn and broken in many parts. They said the officer could move around with very little assistance.
Aliyu expressed gratitude to the President for his visit, saying his spirit had been buoyed up to serve Nigeria more.